By Justin Renck:
WOW! Well that was an exciting game, to say the least. In the first half, it looked like Syracuse could not miss a shot. They even banked in a 3! Even when we got down 16, I wasn’t worried. However, I did think “Well, it is just destiny for Syracuse to win this last game.” But still, I know what kind of team we have. We go on 6-0 and 8-0 runs all the time. It would just take one of those to get some momentum back and make it a game again, and that’s what happened. This team never quit, they never do at all. So I never quit believing in them, ever.
The atmosphere in Madison Square Garden has always been kind to Louisville. Tonight, as tip-off neared, you could sense another grueling, fight to the finish Big East clash. The Cardinals and Fighting Irish didn’t disappoint. Coming out strong in the first half, Louisville knocked down some early threes and played aggressive defense. The counter screens the Irish used were some-what slowed down the full court press against the Cards, but they weren’t enough as Louisville took a 7 point advantage over Notre Dame into the locker room.